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January 5, 2010

SIU Med School Faculty Receives Grant to Study Lung Disease

A faculty member at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a research grant from the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest for the study of lung disease.  The grant totals $40,000, which includes proceeds from the annual ALA Springfield Golf Classic that benefits the Richard H. Moy Pulmonary Research Fund at SIU.

The one-year grant was awarded to Teresa Liberati, D.V.M., Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine and director of laboratory animal medicine at SIU.  Using both mouse and cell models, the study will look at risk factors for developing lung cancer – genetic profile, obesity and pre-existing lung inflammation.  The results of the research could provide a basis for exploring similar risk factors in humans.

Liberati joined the SIU faculty in 2006.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular and cellular toxicology at Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute in Albuquerque (1996).  She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees and completed her laboratory animal medicine residency at the University of Rochester (1995, 1993, 1992).  She earned her veterinary medicine degree at Ohio State University (1988).  Liberati is certified as a diplomate by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the American Board of Toxicology. 

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